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Missoula Wins Can the Bobcats Food Drive

UM’s 54-35 victory in Saturday’s Brawl of the Wild wasn’t the only win for Missoula. The city also topped Bozeman as part of Can the Bobcats/Can the Griz, the 16th annual food drive competition. Missoula hadn’t beat Bozeman since the first year of the drive but brought in more donations this year, with 196,160 pounds of food and $85,227 in donations for the Missoula Food Bank. Read more in the Missoulian

UM defensive end Derek Crittenden

Crittenden One of the Smartest Student-Athletes in America

Montana football wraps up the regular season this weekend in Bozeman against rival Montana State. It’s the biggest game of the season, but there’s a good chance 23-year-old co-captain and defensive end Derek Crittenden will miss it. He has a bigger competition to face. Crittenden flies to Seattle on Nov. 19 for two days of challenging interviews with the regional committee that will select two Rhodes Scholars on Saturday. Read more about Crittenden in the Flathead Beacon.

UM campus

President Holds Campus Forum on UM Budget

President Royce Engstrom held a campus forum on Nov. 17 to discuss the University's budget picture. Engstrom spoke with the campus community about the need to realign UM's base budget with current enrollment and outlined a series of steps that the University will take to continue to deliver an exceptional and transformative education. Read Engstrom's remarks here.

UM senior Derek Crittenden

Crittenden a Finalist for Rhodes Scholarship

UM football team captain and William V. Campbell Trophy finalist Derek Crittenden is officially one step closer to becoming a Rhodes Scholar after receiving an invitation to participate in the District 14 interview process in Seattle on Nov. 20-21. In the U.S., 32 Rhodes Scholarships are awarded nationally. Those selected receive support for two to three years of study at the University of Oxford in England. Read more about Crittenden’s quest to become a Rhodes Scholar on www.gogriz.com.

UM cross country coach Collin Fehr

Coach Collin Fehr Combines Love of Running, People

In the eyes of cross-country coach Collin Fehr, Missoula is a runner’s paradise. The mountains, the hills, the trails; Missoula has every component that a distance runner could want and he can’t imagine being a coach anywhere else. Fehr holds a Master of Science and is currently working toward a doctorate in counseling with an emphasis on sport psychology. Kaimin Sports recently had the opportunity to speak to coach Fehr. Read the interview here.

UM student and rugby player Martin Iosefo

UM Rugby Star Has Chance to Represent U.S. at Olympics

The life of a student-athlete can be difficult and strenuous. It is hard to find the time to balance school, sports and a social life. If you throw traveling the world and qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro into that mix, it may seem overwhelming. But such is life for current UM student Martin Iosefo, who is also a member of the U.S. national rugby team. Read at Q&A with Iosefo in the Montanan magazine.

Illustrated plans fo rthe new Washington-Grizzly Champions Center at UM

Vision for Washington-Grizzly Champions Center Complete

The exterior design for the new Washington-Grizzly Champions Center has been finalized. The end result will be a beautiful new 46,000 square-foot state of the art facility, tucked into the southwest corner of Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The Center will house a new 7,000 square-foot locker room for the Grizzly football team, a new 12,500 square-foot strength and conditioning center for all student-athletes, and team meeting space. Read more about the new center on www.gogriz.com.

The UM Marching Band plays at the 2014 Homecoming football game

Reconnect Sept. 20-26 at UM’s Homecoming

Break out your traditional copper, silver and gold Griz gear and celebrate with the University of Montana during Homecoming 2015, Sunday through Saturday, Sept. 20-26. This year’s theme, “A Tradition of Champions,” commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Montana Grizzlies’ first NCAA Division I-AA football national championship in 1995 and also celebrates the countless successes of UM students and alumni throughout the years. Read more about this year’s Homecoming events

the new Grizzly Student-Athlete Academic Center at UM

New Academic Center for Griz Athletes Opens its Doors

Student athletes are already hitting the books at the brand new Grizzly Student-Athlete Academic Center at UM. It's a $2.5 million project connected to the Adams Center, and it has large windows, but an understated entrance. The idea is a busy athlete with, say, an hour between weightlifting and class can crack open a textbook in a convenient place, said athletic director Kent Haslam. Read more about the new academic center in the Missoulian.

Griz fans hold UM Mascot Monte

Griz Victory Over Bison Seen in Nearly 1 Million Homes

Close to 1 million households tuned in to watch the Montana Grizzlies knock off the four-time defending national champions from North Dakota State on Aug. 29. Television viewership data released Sept. 1 showed that 981,000 households had their TVs tuned to the ESPN game, the network’s FCS Kickoff event. That’s good for a 0.7 Nielsen rating, or 0.7 percent of all households in the United States. Read more on the Missoulian sports blog, Griz Sports.

Griz win over NDSU

Griz Take Big Win Over NDSU in Home Opener

Montana upset four-time defending FCS national champion North Dakota State 38-35 in a nonconference football game Saturday afternoon at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in front of a stadium-record crowd of 26,472. Brady Gustafson completed 30 of 55 pass attempts for 434 yards and Joey Counts scored the winning touchdown with two seconds to play as No. 12 Montana defeated No. 1 North Dakota State 38-35. Watch the game-winning drive on ESPN.

UM head football coach Bob Stitt works with this quarterbacks.

New UM Football Coach Welcomes Lead Role

New UM head football coach Bob Stitt dreamed of coming to a place where football ruled. Where the team – his team – crept in on every conversation over breakfast, lunch and dinner. Where the games mattered on more than just on Saturdays. Well, welcome to Missoula, Coach Stitt. As he prepares to coach his first home game, Stitt sat down with the Missoulian to discuss the role football has played in his life. Read more in the Missoulian

UM golf coach Matt Higgins

Higgins Named Women’s Golf Coach at Montana

Matt Higgins, who led the Concordia-St. Paul women’s and men’s golf teams to nine NCAA regional appearances and built his women’s program into a model of student-athlete success, has been hired as Montana’s new women’s golf coach.  Higgins was offered and accepted the job earlier this week. He replaces Joni Stephens, who stepped down from her position in June after two years on the job. Read more about UM’s newest coach on www.gogriz.com.

UM senior Derek Crittenden

Scholar Athlete Derek Crittenden Aims for Big Leagues

Griz senior Derek Crittenden is in fall camp, getting ready to finish his fifth full year at the University of Montana as a member of the football program. This season, Crittenden not only gets the opportunity to make his mark on the field, he also gets the opportunity to make his mark on the world's biggest stage in the academic arena as this year's UM nominee for the Rhodes Scholarship. Read more about Crittenden's big goals for his senior year on www.gogriz.com.

UM's Student Athlete Advisory Committee

UM Student-Athletes Claim Big Sky’s SAAC Cup

UM student-athletes recently claimed  Big Sky Conference’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee Cup. The conference-wide competition was held over the past year and involved two separate contests: a toiletry drive and a battle to accumulate the most volunteer hours between Oct. 1 and June 1. Montana collected a league-high 13,729 toiletry items, averaging 42.3245 items per athlete. The Grizzlies also logged 3,101 total volunteer hours. Read more about their big win.

Washington-Grizzly Stadium at UM

Musburger to Call Montana Football Opener Aug. 29

Brent Musburger's ties to athletics in the state of Montana come with a lengthy list, but one thing the longtime broadcasters has never done is call a Montana Grizzlies football game. That'll change later this month. Musburger, a 40-plus-year veteran of sports television who grew up in Billings, will team with Jesse Palmer as game commentators when the college football season opens in Missoula on Aug. 29. Read more about the home opener in the Missoulian.

UM defensive tackle Caleb Kidder

Defensive Tackle Kidder Chosen to Wear #37 Legacy Jersey

When NFL-bound former Grizzly defensive end Zack Wagenmann texted current Griz Caleb Kidder and asked him to join the recent grad for a workout recently, Kidder wasn't surprised. It was what happened next that stunned him. “I met him on the field, and we were warming up, and he just started talking to me about how things are, and asked me if I would wear it for him.” “It” is Montana’s famed #37 legacy jersey

Griz Javelin Thrower Stephanie Wells

Griz Javelin Thrower Heads to Her First NCAA Championships

For better or worse, Stephanie Wells is an expert at minimizing expectations. "I absolutely have zero chance," the junior Montana thrower said to her coach two weeks ago in Austin, Texas. Not so.  Wells is headed to the NCAA outdoor track and field championships in Eugene, Oregon this week. The NCAA championships begin Wednesday with javelin on the schedule Thursday evening. Read more in the Missoulian about the Grizzlies' first national javelin qualifier since 2005.

a young student colors a picture of Monte providing athletic training to a patient

Athletic Training Students Win Public Relations Contest

Custom-designed coloring books featuring University of Montana’s mascot, Monte, as an athletic trainer were part of the project that recently earned UM athletic training students the top spot in a national contest. The UM team won the “Best Student Effort” category of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Public Relations competition for the eighth consecutive year. Read more about the athletic training students’ latest success.

athletic training students wrap an ankle

Athletic Training Students Earn 100 Percent Pass Rate on Exam

Twelve University of Montana athletic training students recently took the Board of Certification exam, a high-stakes evaluation that enables students graduating from accredited athletic training programs to enter the work force as certified athletic trainers. All 12 students graduating from the UM program this spring took the exam in April, and all of them passed on their first try. Read more about UM’s athletic training students.

late UM Griz football player Kole Swartz

Roommate Receives Scholarship Created in Memory of Kole Swartz

The community support was a savior for Sean Swartz over the past month and a half. For Sean and his wife Jennifer, it felt like time to return the favor. The Clinton family and the University of Montana Foundation on Tuesday announced the Kole Swartz Legacy Scholarship, named in honor of Sean and Jennifer's 19-year-old son and UM student-athlete who lost his life in March. Read more about the new scholarship and its first recipient in the Missoulian.

UM Associate Athletic Director for Communications Dave Guffey with Grizzly football player

UM’s Dave Guffey Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

The College Sports Information Directors of America recently announced they will honor longtime UM Associate Athletic Director for Communications Dave Guffey with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given to individuals who have served at least 25 years in the sports information profession, and who are retiring or leaving the profession. Guffey plans to retire from UM in June after serving Grizzly Athletics for nearly 37 years. Read more about Guffey’s award.
UM football coach Bob Stitt

NFL’s Vikings are Getting New Plays from Bob Stitt

The Cult of Stitt is growing. Bob Stitt, who became a go-to guru among college coaches for his innovative schemes at a high-academic D2 school, has moved on to a bigger stage – FCS powerhouse Montana – and he has continued to gain admirers. Now even NFL coaches are coming to see him. Last month, Minnesota Vikings QB coach Scott Turner paid a visit to Stitt at UM. Fox Sports reports on Turner’s visit.
The Lady Griz celebrate winning the Big Sky Championship

Lady Griz Draw Notre Dame in NCAA Tournament

The Montana women's basketball team received a No. 16 seed and will face No. 1 Notre Dame Friday, March 20, at South Bend, Indiana, in the opening round of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship. The Lady Griz (24-8), tournament champions of the Big Sky Conference, and Fighting Irish (31-2), tournament champions of the ACC, will tip off at 5:30 p.m. (MT) at UND's Purcell Pavilion. The game will be aired regionally on ESPN2. Read more on http://www.gogriz.com.

Griz player drives with basketball

Griz, Lady Griz Advance to Semifinals in Big Sky Tourneys

The Griz and Lady Griz basketball teams both advanced to the semifinals of the men’s and women’s Big Sky Conference tournaments at UM’s Dahlberg Arena. The Lady Griz will face Eastern Washington at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 13. The Griz will play the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks in the tourney semifinal game at 8 p.m. And Lady Griz Coach Robin Selvig was named Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year on Thursday. Read more basketball news at http://www.gogriz.com

Video: The Best of Benny the Bull

Benny the Bull, mascot of the Chicago Bulls, was named the top sports mascot in America by Forbes magazine in 2013. Inside the suit is Barry Anderson, who earned the position after embodying Monte at the University of Montana. Check out Benny’s moves in this 2013-14 highlight reel.

UM basketball coach Travis DeCuire

UM Adds Another Branch to Mighty Basketball Coaching Tree

Montana is home to 10 National Forests. The University of Montana has a coaching tree worthy of that. Travis DeCuire is its latest branch. "We are Montana," say the maroon banners around campus, and DeCuire qualifies doubly — as the school's first-year men's basketball coach and as a UM graduate, Class of 1994. USA Today reports on UM’s basketball coaching legacy and it’s future under DeCuire. 

Globetrotter Shane Scooter Christensen interacts with a young fan

Alumnus Scooter Christensen Finds Stardom with Globetrotters

Although he didn’t know it at the time, Shane “Scooter” Christensen spent most of his life practicing to be a Harlem Globetrotter. As a youngster, he was inseparable from his basketball and when the former Griz point guard graduated in 2002, he relentlessly pursued his dream of playing professionally until one day he caught the eye of a Globetrotters scout. Read Christensen’s inspiring story in the Montanan magazine.

Zack Wagenmann participates in media interview during the NFL Combine

Wagenmann Impresses in Explosion Drills at NFL Combine

Former Montana Grizzly Zack Wagenmann continued his push toward a career playing football with an appearance at the NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday. And oh what a showing it was. Wagenmann scored high marks and times in four of the speed and explosion workouts to help offset a tough showing on the strength side on the third day of the Combine. Read more about Wagenmann’s showing in the Missoulian.

an illustration of UM's new golf facility at the Ranch Club

Griz Break Ground on Indoor Practice Facility for Golfers

When the recruiting trail Montana golf coach Joni Stephens follows takes her south, she is often met with a very specific question: What do we do in the winter? For years Montana's golf coaches were forced to tell prospective golfers they would have to rely on nets, simulators and mirrors to keep their swings grooved when the temperatures dropped - until now. Montana broke ground Monday at the Ranch Club on a new indoor practice facility. Read more about the new space.

Lady Griz player Shanae Gilham dribbles down the court during a game

Gilham's Trial: After Third ACL Surgery, Gilham Back with Lady Griz

As soon as Shanae Gilham hit the floor in Dahlberg Arena, she knew exactly what happened. She had torn her ACL for the third time. Although two years have passed, by the start of the 2014-2015 season, Gilham still wasn't cleared for contact practices. She didn't know if she would play basketball this season, or if she even wanted to play. Now, almost a year in the making, No. 42 is finally back on the court. Read more about Gilham’s return.

football coach Bob Stitt

Griz Load Up on Local Talent, Receivers on Signing Day

Like everything else Bob Stitt does, his recruiting class of 2015 came together quickly and with plenty of excitement on the offensive end. The first-year Montana head coach announced his debut class of recruits Wednesday on national signing day less than two months after his hire as the 36th coach of the Grizzly football program. Montana officially added 21 players, including a pair of transfers. Read more about who the Griz acquired on signing day in the Missoulian.

Kelsey Lucostic bats during Montana softball practice

Montana Softball: Griz Ready for Historic Program Opener

Very early on the morning of Jan. 31 the upstart Montana softball program released pictures through its Twitter account of its under-construction stadium. Beyond Montana's stadium, however, there is another key element of the program establishment: At 4 p.m. Thursday in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the Griz will play the first Division I softball game in the school's 122-year history. Read more about the newest Grizzly sport in the Missoulian.

UM volleyball players block during a game last season

UM Hires Doyon as New Volleyball Coach

The Montana Grizzlies have hired Brian Doyon as the newest head coach of the volleyball team, the athletic department announced Wednesday. Doyon will replace Jerry Wagner, who stepped down in November. Wagner coached the Griz to a 102-147 record over his seven years at the helm. Doyon spent the past six years as an assistant coach at the University of Utah, where he coached blocking. Read more about UM’s newest coach in the Montana Kaimin.

Wide Receiver Ellis Henderson runs with the ball

Griz Wide Receiver Henderson Returns to UM After Illness

Coach Bob Stitt's offense just got another weapon, this time a proven one at the collegiate level. Wide receiver Ellis Henderson has re-enrolled at UM after withdrawing from classes last fall and leaving the Grizzly football program because of a mysterious stomach illness. Henderson said Thursday he is almost completely healthy once again and plans to participate in full in spring practices in preparation for the fall campaign. Read more about Henderson’s return.

UM student Derek Crittenden

Defensive End Crittenden Named to Academic All-Star Team

UM’s Derek Crittenden is one of 50 players who was recently named to the 17th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team. A 6-3, 240-pound junior from Whitefish, Crittenden is a chemistry major who maintains a perfect 4.0 GPA. He played in all 14 games for the 9-5 Grizzlies this past season. He is also a 2015 Rhodes Scholar candidate. Read more about Crittenden’s impressive accomplishments.

Washington-Grizzly Stadium

Washington-Grizzly Stadium Ranked Among Best in Nation

UM’s Washington-Grizzly Stadium was recently ranked No. 7 among best college football stadiums by Stadium Journey. “The official capacity now stands at 25,217, but crowds in excess of 26,000 are not out of the ordinary, giving the Griz one of the best home field advantages in all of college football,” writes reviewer Jason Karp. View the full list of top 100 stadium experiences here, and read the complete write-up on Washington-Grizzly Stadium here

Video: Grizstagram: 2014 in Review

As we ring in the new year, enjoy this video featuring student photos from Instagram that were tagged #Grizstagram in 2014. Thanks for sharing your photos, students. We look forward to seeing what you are up to in 2015.  

Video: UM's 2014 Year in Review

As 2014 draws to a close, the University of Montana looks back at the moments and milestones of the past year in this Year in Review video

UM basketball coach Travis DeCuire

New Griz Hoops Coach Travis DeCuire Leads by Example

New University of Montana head basketball coach Travis DeCuire wears a whistle around his neck during practice, but he doesn’t have to use it. Whether he’s demonstrating how to disrupt a ball screen, explaining the finer points of trapping in the post or taking a jump hook to set off an offensive drill, DeCuire commands his team’s attention. The Missoula Independent reports.

Griz defensive end Zack Wagenmann plays in a 2014 game

Defensive End Wagenmann Named to AFCA All-America Team

UM’s record-setting defensive standout Zack Wagenmann has been named to the prestigious 2014 AFCA's Football Championship Subdivision Coaches' All-America Team. A 6-3 ½, 255-pound senior defensive end, Wagenmann had a stellar senior season, and finished third in the balloting for the 2014 Buck Buchanan Award, given annually to the defensive player of the year in the FCS. Read more about Wagenmann’s latest honor.

LeAnn Montes playing for the Lady Griz

Former Lady Griz Inducted Into Montana Indian Athletic Hall of Fame

UM Alumna LeAnn Montes was inducted into the Montana Indian Athletic Hall of Fame in December.  She was selected based upon her performance as a star high-school athlete, a four-year member of the Lady Griz basketball team and her current role as head coach of the Stone Child College women's basketball team. Montes graduated from UM with degrees in business administration, management and marketing. Learn more about Montes' accomplishments. 

Bob Stitt speaks at the podium during a press conference at UM

Montana Introduces Stitt as New Griz Football Coach

The best job in America. That's what Bob Stitt had to say about the Montana Grizzly football head coaching gig Friday morning when the university introduced the offensive innovator as its 36th head coach. Stitt, a 50-year-old coach who comes to Missoula from the Colorado School of Mines, spoke to media members and fans for an hour at Washington-Grizzly Stadium's Canyon Club. Read more about Stitt’s decision to move north.

Coach Bob Stitt roams the sidelines at the Colorado School of Mines.

Griz Hire Bob Stitt as Head Football Coach

Bob Stitt has been selected to serve as UM’s 36th head football coach. Stitt has been the head coach at the Colorado School of Mines the past 15 seasons, where he has compiled an overall record of 108-62 and has a conference mark of 83-44. His 2014 Orediggers team went 10-2 and qualified for the NCAA Division II football playoffs. Read more about UM’s new head football coach.

Video: Investing in Student Success at UM

Education changes lives and those lives change the world. At the University of Montana, we see it daily. Our students come from every conceivable background and embrace challenge, grow as individuals and, ultimately, thrive.

Zack Wagenmann, BSC defensive player of the year

Wagenmann Named BSC Defensive Player of the Year

His name is Zack, as in "Sack," and Wagenmann, as in the Big Sky Conference defensive player of the year. Wagenmann, a 6-foot-3, 255-pound senior defensive end out of Missoula Sentinel, led four Montana players named first-team All-Big Sky for football Tuesday. Defensive tackle Tonga Takai also made the first team on defense, as did fellow senior Matt Hermanson at safety. The Grizzlies’ lone first-teamer on offense was running back Jordan Canada. Read more about the Grizzlies' honors here.

Griz scoreboard operator Patrick Ryan

Grizzlies' Scoreboard Operator to Retire After 38 Years

He’s climbed these steps many times over the past 28 years, a stretch dating back to 1986 when Washington-Grizzly Stadium opened. But that wasn’t the beginning of Patrick Ryan’s job as the Grizzlies’ official scoreboard operator. That began at Dornblaser Field in 1976. Or maybe it was 1974, he isn’t sure which. Ryan has operated the Grizzlies’ scoreboard for all but one game over the past 38 years and will retire at the end of the season. Read Ryan’s story.

Montana Tradition: UM limited edition collection

UM Releases Retail Line with Throwback Colors

The classic copper, gold and silver colors are making a one-year comeback at the University of Montana. On Friday, Nov. 21, UM released a limited-edition retail line featuring its official school colors of copper, gold and silver. The line, called Montana Tradition, includes clothing and several select non-apparel items. A list of retailers carrying the products is available online at http://www.umt.edu/tradition. Read more about the Montana Tradition line here.

UM soccer coach Mark Plakorus

Plakorus Named Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year

Mark Plakorus, who led Montana soccer to an unbeaten 8-0-2 league record this fall and the program's first outright conference championship since 2000, was named the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year on Nov. 12. The Grizzlies went 12-6-2 this season, and rolled through their league schedule, going 8-0-2 and outscoring their opponents 19-4. Montana posted shutouts in seven of its 10 league matches. Read more about what Plakorus and his Grizzlies accomplished this year.

Former Griz point guard Will Cherry

Former Griz Will Cherry Signs Deal with NBA’s Cavaliers

Will Cherry showed up at the office a little early Sunday for his first day of work on the new job. As he was lifting weights, he heard in a booming baratone, “WILL CHERRY.” It was LeBron James, the best basketball player on the planet. Welcome to the Cleveland Cavaliers and the NBA, Will Cherry. The former Griz point guard has signed a two-year deal, the team announced Sunday. Read more about Cherry’s new job in the Missoulian.

locker rooms in the future Washington-Grizzly Champions Center

UM Receives $7 Million Donation for Athletic Champions Center

The Washington family, for whom Washington-Grizzly Stadium at UM is named, has once more stepped forward with a major gift to the UM Department of Athletics. The sons of Dennis and Phyllis Washington, Kyle and Kevin, are giving $7 million on behalf of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation to be used for UM’s planned $14 million Washington-Grizzly Champions Center. Read more about the generous donation from the Washington family.

Runner Makena Morley

Record-Breaking Runner Makena Morley Commits to Griz

Bigfork’s Makena Morley, perhaps the most decorated prep runner in state history, plans to keep her talents local next year. The high school senior from the Flathead Valley, Montana’s all-class state record holder in cross country and a three-time champion, verbally committed to UM on Oct. 16. Morley will run cross country in the fall for the Grizzlies as well as compete in distance events for the track and field team in the winter and spring. Read more about Morley.

UM soccer player Savannah Witt

Soccer Team off to Solid Start with Help from Newcomers

The Montana soccer team’s best start in a generation has been helped by a solid core of newcomers, including true freshmen Hallie Widner, who is the team’s leading scorer, and Allie Lucas. Savannah Witt hasn’t started a game for the Grizzlies and she’s technically a sophomore, but she belongs in that group. It’s hard to imagine UM’s 5-0 start in Big Sky Conference play without her. Read more about Witt’s return to the field after an injury. 

UM softball player at bat

Building Montana’s Softball Program from the Ground Up

The Montana Grizzlies softball team is entirely new. From the bats and balls to the players and coaches, this season will be an exercise in the unfamiliar. It’s been two weeks since the team held its inaugural practice on Sept. 3, and already, a routine has developed. The team is about to make program history. Saturday, Griz softball will play its first game, against Dawson Community College. The Montana Kaimin reports.

Jim Palmer Trucking decks out semi for hauling UM's football equipment

Palmer Trucking and Grizzly Athletics Rolling Together

Grizzly football will soon be coming to a highway near you thanks to a new partnership with Jim Palmer Trucking of Missoula. The company will transport team equipment for six road games using a prestigious 75th anniversary Peterbilt truck paired with a custom-wrapped Grizzly football trailer. The truck will travel more than 10,300 miles as it travels to games in Wyoming, North Dakota, Utah, Washington and California. Read more about the company’s generous donation.

Video: 2014 State of the University Address

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom delivered the annual State of the University Address on Aug. 22, 2014, in which he outlined institutional priorities for the coming year and introduced new faculty members and administrators. Watch the address and see other UM videos on UM's YouTube channel

Video: Student-Athletes Thrive at UM

Student-athletes thrive at UM, students like Derek Crittenden, Griz defensive end and 4.0 chemistry major. Crittenden recently sat down with the UM Foundation for an interview about his time as a Griz and his plans for the chemistry degree he'll earn at the end of the academic year. Read the Q-and-A here.

SID Dave Guffey with Griz football player

UM's Longtime Sports Information Director Dave Guffey to Retire

Over nearly four decades he's watched Montana transform from a basketball school to one crazy about football. He's witnessed the explosion of collegiate women's sports. And he's been courtside and in the press box for more than 30 years. Starting next fall he'll see it all from a brand-new perspective: the bleachers. Dave Guffey, who next month will start his 37th year as Montana's sports information director, decided recently that will retire next June 30. Read more about Guffey’s career at UM.

Video: Convocation Kicks Off Fall Semester at UM

Fall semester began Aug. 25 with a flurry of activity on campus and all over Missoula. The Peers Connection Network in the Office for Student Success captured some of excitement this week and the many adventures that lie ahead for UM students in this video.

Video: The Life of a Student Athlete: Jordan Sullivan

Meet Jordan Sullivan, former Lady Griz standout who graduated from UM this past May.  Sullivan closed out her four-year Lady Griz career averaging 11.6 points and a team-high 7.8 rebounds per game, but her accomplishments didn't end on the court. She was named Most Inspirational Player and received the Outstanding Senior Award and the 2014 Athlete in Service Award. 

UM campus

FindTheBest Ranks Montana as State with the Best Colleges

According to a “Smart Rating” developed by FindTheBest, Montana has the best overall colleges in the U.S. FindTheBest used a weighted average of rankings from U.S. News & World Report and Forbes, along with data from the National Center for Education Statistics, to determine each state’s smart rating. Click here to see a map of how FindTheBest ranked each state.

UM officials break ground on the new athletics academic center

$1 Million Gift Highlights Academic Center Groundbreaking

Ground was broken Wednesday on the University of Montana campus for a new athletics academic center, and the occasion doubled as an opportunity for Director of Athletics Kent Haslam to announce a $1 million gift that will go toward additional facility improvements. The building will be constructed and equipped at a cost of $2.5 million, all of which came from private support. Read more about the new facility.

UM officials, coaches, students break ground on new softball field

UM Breaks Ground on New South Campus Softball Stadium

When Jamie Pinkerton accepted the position as head coach of the University of Montana’s new women’s softball team he had no players, no roster and no u0niforms. His team had no bats, no helmets and, in perhaps the most glaring obstacle of all, the Lady Griz didn’t have a playing field. That began to change Thursday when UM sank six silver shovels into the soil, breaking ground on a new softball stadium. Read about UM’s newest sport.

UM's Washington-Grizzly Stadium

Upgrades Improve Fan Experience at Washington-Grizzly Stadium

Washington-Grizzly Stadium has the reputation of producing the best fan experience in the Football Championship Subdivision, but reputations are like eggs: fragile, easy to break and very hard to put back together. That’s why fans who attend a Grizzly football game this fall will notice three major upgrades to the stadium, all added to enhance the fan experience. Read more about the upgrades taking place in Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

UM students study in the library

Record Year for Fundraising Means More Scholarships for Students

UM received unprecedented private support in fiscal year 2014, with donations totaling $53.7 million. This is a $16.3 million increase over the previous record, set in 2008. In July 2013, the UM Foundation set out to raise an extra $45 million for students over a three-year period. After one year, the “Investing in Student Success” initiative has received $22 million. Read more about how alumni and friends and joining the UM Foundation to invest in student success.

Student-athletes volunteer at community event

Student-Athletes Volunteer More Than 2,100 Hours to Community

Montana’s student-athletes spent more than 2,190 hours donating their time to community service events and projects during the 2013-14 academic year. How much is 2,194.5 hours, to be exact? If you worked 40 hours per week for an entire year, without a vacation day, sick day or holiday break, you'd put in 2,080 hours. Read more about the great things UM student-athletes are doing.

UM Assistant Professor Ryan Mizner

Researcher’s Unweighting Device Lightens Load for Recovering Patients

Only a dozen men ever have experienced the one-sixth gravity of the moon as they walked across the lunar surface and into history. But for patients who find themselves in UM Assistant Professor Ryan Mizner’s low-gravity environment, the goal isn’t to slip the “surly bonds of Earth” and walk amongst the stars. They simply want to walk again. Read about Mizner’s new physical therapy invention. 

UM alum Dave Dickenson

No. 1 Big Sky Men's Athlete: Montana’s Dave Dickenson

Great Falls sits right in the heart of Montana. The Missouri River snakes through one of the windiest cities in the United States. The Lewis and Clark Expedition had to portage around the area's five waterfalls in 1805. It was also home to former Montana Grizzly quarterback Dave Dickenson, who was voted as the No. 1 male athlete in the first 50 years of the Big Sky Conference. Read more about Dickenson’s latest honor.

UM's Shannon Cate sets up to shoot.

UM’s Cate Voted Top Female Athlete in Conference History

These days she’s known as UM assistant coach Schweyen on campus, but between 1988 and 1992, Shannon Cate scored 2,172 points and pulled in 878 rebounds for the Lady Griz. When her last game was played, she was the No. 1 scorer in conference history. Now the Big Sky Conference has named her the top female athlete in its history. Read more about her amazing career here.

UM track and field athlete Lindsey Hall

Lindsey Hall Wraps Up Record-Setting Collegiate Career

Montana’s record-setting heptathlete Lindsey Hall is headed to Eugene, Ore., where she’ll be among 23 competitors for an NCAA title when her event gets underway June 12. She’s not the favorite – Georgia super freshman Kendell Williams will be awfully tough to beat – but she could be right there when her events wrap up June 13. Hall is, in the smaller universe of the Big Sky Conference, a marvel. Read more about Hall’s collegiate career and her final event.

UM basketball coach Travis DeCuire

DeCuire Well-Versed in the Grizzly Way, But Will Do Things His Own Way

Travis DeCuire has always had a passion for basketball. That was apparent way back in 1990 when Blaine Taylor visited DeCuire on a recruiting trip to Seattle. Even today, Taylor and DeCuire have differing versions of what occurred that day, but DeCuire’s enthusiasm was unmistakable. That passion led Athletic Director Kent Haslam to introduce UM's new basketball coach with the pronouncement: “We got our guy.” Read more about UM newest basketball coach.

UM Professor Jillian Campana talks with students

Think Tank: UM’s Brain Initiative Consolidates Research Across Campus

This February, Provost Perry Brown announced UM’s new Brain Initiative. UM already is known for the bench research it conducts through the Montana Neuroscience Institute, a collaboration with St. Patrick Hospital, and the National Institutes of Health-funded Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience. But this new project would consolidate brain research from across the University. Read more about the Brain Initiative in the spring issue of the Montanan, UM’s award-winning magazine.

UM Researcher Brent Ruby

Lab Rats: Brent Ruby Leads UM’s Cutting-Edge Athlete Research

Brent Ruby is the head researcher at UM’s Department of Work, Performance and Exercise Metabolism. Enthusiastic and wonkish, he is exactly what you want a scientist to be. His lab is stocked with treadmills and high-end bicycles, but also mid-century modern furniture and an iPhone amplifier he made out of a wooden box and what appears to be a gramophone horn. Ruby is either a shameless huckster or the real deal. Read more about Ruby’s work in Headwall magazine.

Lady Griz assistant coach Annette Rocheleau

Annette Rocheleau Retires After 32 Years of Coaching Lady Griz

On June 2, UM hosted its annual Retirees Luncheon, where former UM faculty and staff members come together to socialize and recognize the newest crop of retirees. More than 65 people retired from UM this year, including Annette Rocheleau who served as assistant basketball coach for the Lady Griz for 32 years. During her tenure the Lady Griz won numerous conference championships and played in 20 NCAA tournaments. Annette was instrumental in the growth and popularity of Lady Griz basketball. Read more about this year’s retirees.

New UM basketball coach Travis DeCuire

Travis DeCuire Named Coach of Griz Men’s Basketball Team

Travis DeCuire has been selected to be the UM’s 27th head men's basketball coach, announced UM Director of Athletics Kent Haslam announced May 31. DeCuire, who set and still holds the Grizzly career and single-season assists records during his three-year (1992-94) career at Montana, replaces Wayne Tinkle, who accepted a coaching position at Oregon State last month. Read more about UM’s newest coach at www.gogriz.com.

UM Adams Center

Alumnus Commits $1.5 Million Bequest for Athletic Facility Updgrades

When Jim Hilleboe traces the steps that led to his success as a businessman in Billings back to their genesis, he finds the four years he spent at UM in the mid-60s. To give back to the school that gave him his business foundation and befitting someone who worked in construction, Hilleboe, 69, has signed a $1.5 million bequest to UM that will be earmarked for facility improvements for Grizzly Athletics. Read more about Hilleboe's generous gift.

former UM basketball coach Wayne Tinkle

Tinkle Looks Back on Career with Griz, Future with Oregon State

Wayne Tinkle won more basketball games as head coach of the Montana Grizzlies than anyone except the man Dahlberg Arena is named after. He won more Big Sky Conference games than any previous Griz coach and took his team to three NCAA tournaments, another superlative. But those are not the things of which Tinkle is most proud in his eight-year tenure as Montana’s head man. Read Missoulian sports editor Bob Meseroll’s interview with Tinkle, who was named Oregon State basketball coach earlier this week. 

Recent UM grad Maddy Murray on the tennis court

Tennis Player Recognized for Achievements On, Off the Court

UM tennis player Maddy Murray was recently named the recipient of the ITA’s Arthur Ashe Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership Award for the organization’s Mountain Region, a territory that covers eight states. The award is based not only on leadership and sportsmanship, but scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements as well. Murray graduated May 17 with a GPA of 3.9 as a mathematics major in the Davidson Honors College. Read more about Murray’s accomplishments on and off the court. 

UM senior Lindsey Hall runs hurdles

Griz Track Star Lindsey Hall Wins Seventh Career Big Sky Title

Montana senior Lindsey Hall won the heptathlon at the Big Sky Conference outdoor track and field championships in Flagstaff, Ariz., on May 15. She held off Montana State’s Carley McCutchen by 10 points to win her second career heptathlon title, her fifth career multi-events championship and her seventh overall Big Sky title. Read more about Hall’s stellar performance at the championships.

UM linebacker Jordan Tripp

Dolphins Draft Jordan Tripp; Four Former Griz Sign with NFL Teams

With the 31st pick in the fifth round of the National Football League Draft, the Miami Dolphins drafted former Grizzly linebacker Jordan Tripp. And soon after the 2014 National Football League Draft ended, a handful of former Grizzly players signed as free-agents with NFL teams. Brock Coyle signed with the Seattle Seahawks, Danny Kistler signed with the Oakland Raiders, Kjelby Oiland signed with the Houston Texans, and William Poehls signed with the Tennessee Titans. Read more about Tripp and the other NFL-bound Griz.

Video: Rising Above: UM's Athletic Training Program

Students in the University of Montana's Athletic Training Program discuss their experiences and how the curriculum prepares them to practice as Certified Athletic Trainers.

UM tennis coach Kris Nord

Tennis Coach Embodies All That’s Good in UM Athletics

Kris Nord is more than just a Grizzly coach. The man who recently led the men’s tennis team to its first-ever Big Sky Championship is a living legacy who cultivates all that is good in Grizzly sports, athletically and academically. To understand how and why the 2014 Grizzlies broke the door down, it helps to know a thing or two about Nord. Read more in the Missoulian.

UM's women's tennis team

Women’s Tennis Wraps Up Big Sky Schedule with Undefeated Record

Another day, another dominant performance by the Montana Grizzlies women’s tennis team. The Griz (14-7, 9-0 BSC) defeated North Dakota 6-1 at the Peak Racquet Club on April 19, finishing off a perfect 9-0 Big Sky season. Head coach Steve Ascher said he's extremely satisfied with the way his team is finishing off the season. Read more about the team’s banner season.

Tennis player Ashley Mackey

Women’s Tennis Star Ashley Mackey Triumphant in Four-Hour Match

It was an exhilarating moment and an unforgettable day for Ashley Mackey and the entire Montana Grizzlies women's tennis program. On April 12 against powerhouse Sacramento State, the senior netter faced match point after match point, but managed to come from behind and pull out a dramatic singles win, ending the Hornets' conference winning streak at 112 matches with a 4-3 victory. Read more about the Mackey’s marathon match.

UM Equestrian Team

Equestrian Team Takes Horse Sense on the Road to Finals at Stanford

The UM Equestrian Team took seven riders and a coach to Palo Alto, Calif., last weekend to compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Zone 8 Finals at Stanford. Competing against top-tier teams, the Grizzlies had as much chance of winning as the local flag football team against the Griz. But oh, what an experience, competing in a multi-million dollar facility on campus against riders on scholarship. Read more about the UM Equestrian Team.

UM campus

Sports Advisers Depart for China on U.S. Department of State Exchange

Six Montana sports professionals departed for China March 30 for a three-week sports diplomacy exchange. The trip is part of a grant to UM’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center through the SportsUnited Division of the U.S. Department of State. The Mansfield Center project uses sports as a means to support underserved populations in China, including ethnic minorities and youth with disabilities. Read more about the sports diplomacy exchange. 

Griz lacrosse player

Griz Lacrosse Team Hosts, Wins Inaugural Copper Cup Championship

The Montana lacrosse team won the inaugural Copper Cup on Sunday by beating the University of Great Falls 21-5 in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. On Saturday Montana State beat UGF 19-6 which all but ensured a tournament victory for the Griz after dropping an extremely well-fought game to the Grizzlies 8-7 in overtime on Friday night. Read coverage of the Sunday game here and a recap of the Friday night game here.

Lady Griz basketball player

Lady Griz Take Down Washington State for Historic Win

Depleted by injuries but determined to extend their season, the Montana Lady Griz dug deep and delivered an historic win on Wednesday night. Behind the heroics of Jordy Sullivan and Kellie Cole and a big lift off the bench, they posted a 90-78 win over Washington State in the first round of the WNIT. Read complete coverage from the Missoulian newspaper here.

Griz basketball player drives

Griz Squeak by MSU 53-50; Lady Griz Go Big in Second Half, Top Cats

It wasn't pretty, but it was just enough, as the host UM Grizzlies edged the Montana State Bobcats 53-50 Monday evening in a crucial Big Sky Conference contest in front of a season-high and boisterous Dahlberg Arena crowd of 4,606. On the other side of the Divide, the Lady Griz scored 44 second-half points on its way to a 72-65 victory over Montana State Monday night in Bozeman. Read coverage of the men’s game here, and a recap of the women’s game here.

Mandy Morales

Former Lady Griz Star Mandy Morales Transitions to Coaching

Mandy Morales finished her Lady Griz basketball career as the fourth-highest scorer in Big Sky Conference history and second at Montana to the legendary Shannon (Cate) Schweyen. Now she’s trying to pass her knowledge on to a new generation of players. After a year of pro ball in Greece following graduation, he two-time Big Sky MVP now heads the Missoula Sentinel Spartans junior varsity team. Read a Q-and-A with Morales here.

cross-country teams

Men’s, Women’s Cross-Country Teams Earn Academic Honor

The Montana women's and men's cross country teams both were named USTFCCCA All-Academic, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced this week. It was the fourth time in the past five years both programs have been recognized. The women’s team has a cumulative 3.69 GPA while the men have cumulative GPA of 3.21. Read more about the harriers’ academic success.

Assistant  Coach Justin Green

Assistant Coach Makes Stem Cell Donation to Young Patient in Need

In the spring of 2013, Grizzly football players and coaches had their blood drawn to see if they might be eligible to donate bone marrow or blood stem cells. Such donations can save the lives of patients around the world, but the odds of being a match is nearly 1-in-100,000. Despite those odds, this week assistant coach Justin Green becomes the second member of the Griz football program to be matched with a patient in need. Read Green’s story.

UM Lady Griz player Torry Hill

Lady Griz Hold Off Bobcats in OT at Home; Griz Top Cats on the Road

Senior Kareem Jamar lead the Grizzlies to a 70-66 Big Sky Conference victory over the host Montana State Bobcats on Monday evening in Worthington Arena in Bozeman while the Lady Griz held off the Cats to post a 84-79 overtime victory in Dahlberg Arena at home. Read a recap of the women’s game here, and the men’s highlights here

UM Grizzly Bear Statue

58 UM Student-Athletes Named to Big Sky All-Academic Teams

The Big Sky Conference announced the Fall All-Academic teams late last week, and UM is proud to report that 58 Griz student-athletes were selected for the honor, the most from any school in the league. To be eligible, student-athletes needed to play in at least half of their teams' fall competitions and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 at the end of the fall semester. Read more

UM athletes volunteering

Student-Athletes Help Missoula Food Bank Prepare for Homeless Connect

UM athletes teamed up on Wednesday to help feed the homeless as part of Project Homeless Connect. Nine student athletes packed food bags to help the homeless - and those at risk of becoming homeless - at the Missoula Food Bank. Some 165 bags were prepared, and will be taken to the annual event that links more than 70 services to people in need. Local news station KPAX reports.

New Athletics Academic Center in Final Design Phase

New Athletics Academic Center in Final Design Phase

The symbolism of the location of UM’s new athletics academic center, for which ground will be broken in early summer, isn’t lost on either Director of Athletics Kent Haslam or Griz soccer coach Mark Plakorus. By the fall of 2015 anyone arriving on campus via Sixth Street will see the new academic center. Read more

Athletes Keep GPA above 3.0 for 17 Semesters

Athletes Keep GPA above 3.0 for 17 Semesters

Grizzly Athletics is on a winning streak for academic success. The department just posted its 17th straight semester with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for its student-athletes. Montana rose above a 3.0 after grades from the 2005 fall semester came and have not dipped below that mark since. Read more

Student-Athlete from Billings Donates Bone Marrow

Student-Athlete from Billings Donates Bone Marrow

Ryan Burke spent most of New Year’s Eve on the couch feeling sore and fatigued. But the Montana Griz wide receiver wants to make one thing perfectly clear about his heroic and exceptionally thoughtful gesture at the end of December: You don’t have to be a college football player to help save a life by donating bone marrow. Read more

Grizzlies Make Big Sky Conference’s Top 50 Moments and Athletes List

Grizzlies Make Big Sky Conference’s Top 50 Moments and Athletes List

The Big Sky Conference is celebrating a golden anniversary this year, and that has the league reminiscing. To honor 50 years of athletics, the Big Sky is recognizing their top moments and athletes. They’ve reached No. 20, and plenty of Montana Grizzlies made the list so far, including Anthony Johnson’s 34 second-half points to help UM beat Weber State in the 2010 conference championship game. Watch more

Professor’s Research Featured in Weather Channel’s ‘Freaks of Nature’annel’s ‘Freaks of Nature’

Professor’s Research Featured in Weather Channel’s ‘Freaks of Nature’

UM Professor Brent Ruby recently was featured in an episode of "Freaks of Nature" on the Weather Channel. Ruby is director of the Montana Center for Work Physiology and Exercise Metabolism and studies the limits of human endurance in extreme heat. The episode features ultramarathoner Scott Jurek running in the WPEM environmental chamber on campus and in Death Valley while Ruby collects data. Read more

Linebacker Jordan Tripp Selected to Play in College All-Star Game

Linebacker Jordan Tripp Selected to Play in College All-Star Game

UM linebacker Jordan Tripp has been selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. Mountain Standard Time and the game will be televised live on the NFL Network. The East-West Shrine Game is the longest-running college all-star game in the country. The inaugural game was played in 1925. Read more

Delaney One of Five Finalists for FCS Coach of the Year

Delaney One of Five Finalists for FCS Coach of the Year

Montana head football coach Mick Delaney is among the five Football Championship Subdivision finalists for the 2013 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award. The award honors coaches who best exemplify responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and excellence both on and off the field. The winner receives $50,000 from Liberty Mutual to donate to his favorite charities and a $20,000 contribution for UM scholarships. Read more

Local Doctor Offers Griz Fans Tips For Chilly Playoff Game

Local Doctor Offers Griz Fans Tips For Chilly Playoff Game

Nothing – cold weather included – is going to stop Griz Football fans for showing up for this weekend's playoff match-up again Coastal Carolina. But the fans who fill the stands will need to take some precautions as they head out to Washington Grizzly Stadium on Saturday afternoon for one of the coldest home games of all time. KPAX reports

Lady Griz Forward Recognized for Community Service

Lady Griz Forward Recognized for Community Service

The list of organizations Lady Griz forward Jordan Sullivan has helped assist with volunteer hours is 21 entries long. Sullivan also is a three-time Academic All-Big Sky Conference selection who entered her senior year with a 3.87 GPA as a marketing major. This weekend she’ll be one of 10 student-athletes from around the state to receive the 2013 Montana Athletes Service Award. Read more

Brawl of Wild Warrants a Look at 113 Years of Griz-Cat Stats

Brawl of Wild Warrants a Look at 113 Years of Griz-Cat Stats

The talk is finally over. It’s time to play the annual game between Montana and Montana State. The Cats and Griz will renew their rivalry for the 113th time this Saturday in Bozeman. Brush up on your Brawl of the Wild trivia before the game with author Pat Kearney who wrote the book on the Griz-Cat rivalry. Read more

As Coach Selvig Nears 800 Wins, a Look Back at How he Got the Job

As Coach Selvig Nears 800 Wins, a Look Back at How he Got the Job

Longtime UM women’s basketball coach Robin Selvig is one win shy of reaching 800 career wins, a milestone reached by only a handful of college coaches. One of them is legendary Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer, who along with Selvig, interviewed for the Lady Griz job in 1978. Read about how it all began with this story from UM Sports Information. Read more

UM Signs Six Athletes for Inaugural Women’s Softball Team

UM Signs Six Athletes for Inaugural Women’s Softball Team

Six recruits signed national letters of intent Wednesday to join UM’s inaugural women’s softball team. Montana will begin play in the spring of 2015 as part of the Big Sky Conference. Softball will become the ninth women's sport at UM. Wednesday was the first day national letters of intent could be signed. The signing period ends Nov. 19. Read more

Student-Athletes Deliver School Supplies, Cash Donations to Local Nonprofit

Student-Athletes Deliver School Supplies, Cash Donations to Local Nonprofit

After collecting backpacks, new school supplies and cash donations at five recent Griz home sporting events, UM’s Student Athletic Advisory Committee presented the donations to the nonprofit Court Appointed Special Advocates of Missoula. CASA received $650 and 250 packaged school supplies while SAAC picked up more than 900 points in the Conference Cup competition between Big Sky Conference schools. Read more

Adams Center Renovation Updates Athlete, Performer Facilities

Adams Center Renovation Updates Athlete, Performer Facilities

This June, work will begin to renovate and modernize the Adams Center, including an academic center for student-athletes, a new main entry to the facility – which houses Dahlberg Arena – and a project to add new locker and dressing rooms for athletes and performers. The $2.5 million project is funded entirely with private funds. Read more

Montana Senior Named to Academic All-District Soccer Team

Montana Senior Named to Academic All-District Soccer Team

Montana senior Maddey Frey was recently named to the Capital One Academic All-District 7 women's soccer team. She is the first Grizzly to earn academic all-district honors since Misty Hall in 1999. Frey, of Kalispell, is a mathematics major and maintains a 3.86 GPA. She also is a three-time Academic All-Big Sky Conference selection. Read more

UM Finds Cost-Effective Ways to Compete on Uniform Front

UM Finds Cost-Effective Ways to Compete on Uniform Front

The trend of outfitting teams in new jerseys, helmets, shoes and even gloves seems to grow with each passing year. Now it’s has trickled down to FCS, where programs like UM are finding ways to keep up with much smaller budgets. Despite its comparatively small budget, Montana has been able to take the field with a different look every single week this season. Read more

UM Football Coach Connects With Hospice Patient

UM Football Coach Connects With Hospice Patient

University of Montana football coach Mick Delaney recently paid a special visit to 77-year-old Earl Bilbrey, a longtime Griz fan who lives at Bee Hive Homes of Missoula. “It’s one of the happiest events we’ve probably had in three years,” said Bilbrey’s daughter Melanie Pettit. Read more

Monument to be Dedicated After Military Appreciation Griz Game

Monument to be Dedicated After Military Appreciation Griz Game

The Fallen Soldier Memorial at the University of Montana is a solemn reminder of those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The memorial, bearing the names of Montana soldiers who lost their lives in the recent wars, will be recognized as the official State Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans’ Memorial on Saturday, Oct. 26. Read more

Highlights from Griz Football's Thrilling Win over Cal-Poly

Highlights from Griz Football's Thrilling Win over Cal-Poly

Relive the most thrilling Grizzly football game in recent history with video highlights from UM's Oct. 19 win over Cal Poly. The Griz rallied late in the game to come from behind and win secure a 21-14 victory in overtime. Grizzly Athletics offers up a five-minute recap of the highs - and lows - of Saturday's contest here.

Returning to his Roots: Hilliard Coaching in Kalispell

Returning to his Roots: Hilliard Coaching in Kalispell

Under the bright stadium lights last week, Lex Hilliard watched the Jets warm up for their football game. Except instead of the colossal professionals from New York, a different pint-size team of green jerseys surrounded “Coach Lex” – rambunctious 8- and 9-year-olds wearing shorts and mouth guards. The Kalispell native is back home. Read more

Griz Student-Athletes Read to Bonner Schoolchildren

Griz Student-Athletes Read to Bonner Schoolchildren

Grizzlies athletes Anna Pershouse and Ryan Burke came to class early on Thursday to brush up on their reading assignment for Bonner School. The pressure was on: Each had a second-grade class to read to and engage with about the story of friendship between a farm tractor and an orphaned calf. Read more

National Geographic, Brutus Visit UM to See How Bears Travel at Night

National Geographic, Brutus Visit UM to See How Bears Travel at Night

"America the Wild" host Casey Anderson brought Brutus the grizzly to UM’s Washington-Grizzly Stadium and let him roam the field to study how bears travel in the dark. Watch the video here.

Montana Golf Team Wins Inaugural Grizzly Invitational

Montana Golf Team Wins Inaugural Grizzly Invitational

Junior Tara Green, who played the three-round tournament at 1-under, won the Grizzly Invitational by four shots Tuesday, and Montana claimed the team title at the first-year event by 56 strokes after shooting rounds of 290, 294 and 294. Montana's total of 878 was the best three-round score in program history, surpassing the previous record of 903, set at the 2012 Big Sky Conference championship, by 25 strokes. Read more

Video: Navy SEALs Skydive into Washington-Grizzly Stadium

On Aug. 31, six U.S. Navy SEALs parachuted into Washington-Grizzly Stadium before the first game of the 2013 season and the first regular-season night game. The SEALs were on hand to support Griz fan and Billings native Bo Reichenbach, a Navy SEAL who lost both his legs while serving in Afghanistan. 

Griz Golfers Top Notch in First Home Tournament Since 1997

Griz Golfers Top Notch in First Home Tournament Since 1997

Playing at home for the first time since 1997, the Montana women's golf team shot rounds of 290 and 294 Monday at the Missoula Country Club on Monday and held a commanding 34-shot lead at the Grizzly Invitational by the end of the day. Montana's two-round total of 584 was 12 strokes better than any other back-to-back rounds in program history.  The six teams will play a final round on Tuesday morning. Read more

Tennis Player Gets a Taste of the Big Apple During Internship

Tennis Player Gets a Taste of the Big Apple During Internship

Ashley Mackey, a senior on the Montana women's tennis team, spent six weeks this summer living in New York City and working as an intern for the United States Tennis Association as the organization prepared for its most important annual event, the two-week U.S. Open. Mackey worked in Learning and Leadership Development and USTA Serves, which provides scholarships and funds tennis programs in underdeveloped areas of cities. Read more

UM Names Joni Stephens as New Coach of Women's Golf Team

UM Names Joni Stephens as New Coach of Women's Golf Team

Joni Stephens, who spent 12 years coaching at Eastern Kentucky University, has been named the new women’s golf coach at the University of Montana. Stephens replaces Emily Milberger, who took the Fresno State job earlier this month after two years coaching the Grizzlies. Stephens will begin her duties at Montana on Sept. 3, six days before the Grizzlies open their 2013-14 season with the Grizzly Invitational at the Missoula Country Club. Read more

Navy SEAL Wounded in Afghanistan to Attend Griz Opener

Navy SEAL Wounded in Afghanistan to Attend Griz Opener

Attending a University of Montana football game was the last thing on Bo Reichenbach’s mind last July when he was critically injured by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Afghanistan. More than a year later, the 24-year old Navy SEAL and Billings native continues to recover at Walter Reed Memorial Hospital. While the battle toward recovery has been slow, Reichenbach is winning the fight, and this weekend he’ll attend Montana’s season opener against Appalachian State University on Saturday night. Read more

President Looks to Year Ahead in State of the University Address

President Looks to Year Ahead in State of the University Address

UM President Royce Engstrom delivered his annual State of the University on Aug. 23 to an audience of faculty, staff, students and community members. Engstrom introduced several new administrators and student leaders, shared a variety of stories about academic distinction and success taking place at UM and outlined some of the milestones the University will work toward during the 2013-14 academic year. Read the text of his speech here

Pinkerton Named Montana’s First Softball Coach

Pinkerton Named Montana’s First Softball Coach

Jamie Pinkerton, the former head coach at Tulsa and Arkansas and most recently an assistant coach at Iowa State, has been named the first head coach of the nascent Montana softball program. The Grizzlies will play their inaugural season in 2014-15. Pinkerton rose to the top of an applicant pool of nearly 100. He interviewed on campus earlier this month. He'll arrive in Missoula before Labor Day to start laying the program's foundation. Read more

President to Deliver State of the University Address Aug. 23

President to Deliver State of the University Address Aug. 23

University of Montana President Royce C. Engstrom will outline institutional priorities for the upcoming academic year during his annual State of the University address at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23. The public and members of the media are invited to the event, which will be held in the Montana Theatre of UM’s Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. Read more

Griz Tennis, Volleyball Teams Earn Academic Awards

Griz Tennis, Volleyball Teams Earn Academic Awards

The Montana women's tennis and volleyball teams recently both earned academic recognition from their respective coaching organizations. Coach Steve Ascher's squad was named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team. Coach Jerry Wagner's program claimed the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. In addition to the Grizzlies' team award, Heather Davidson, Maddy Murray and Mackenzie Rozell were named ITA Scholar-Athletes for having a 3.5 GPA or better for the 2012-13 academic year. Read more

Griz Football Team Shows Potential in First Practice

Griz Football Team Shows Potential in First Practice

Championship football teams are not built in a day, but Montana appears headed the right way. That according to second-year coach Mick Delaney, who watched his troops work through a spirited session Tuesday under brilliant sunshine at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. One thing became apparent as the afternoon wore on: These Grizzlies are sure of themselves on both sides of the football. Read more

Letter from President Engstrom: NCAA Concludes Investigation of UM Athletics

Letter from President Engstrom: NCAA Concludes Investigation of UM Athletics

Today the NCAA announced the conclusion of its investigation, begun in January 2012, into the University of Montana’s athletics department. The NCAA determined that we failed to monitor our football program, finding instances of playing ineligible student-athletes, provision of extra benefits to some football players, and exceeding coaching limits on a limited basis. As President, I take seriously the responsibility of ensuring that UM offers a dynamic learning environment that is second to none, including strong academics and strong athletics. Read more

Student-Athletes Total More Than 700 Hours of Community Service

Student-Athletes Total More Than 700 Hours of Community Service

The final tally shows that UM student-athletes spent more than 700 hours engaged in community service during the 2012-13 academic year. Those hours were spread out between dozens of causes, from the volleyball team working on a build project for Habitat for Humanity to the men's basketball team showing up at Hellgate Elementary for the school's Fall into Fitness campaign; from the golf team packing boxes at the Montana Food Bank Network to Griz football players spending an afternoon at Big Brothers Big Sisters. Read more

Griz golf to host first tournament in Missoula since 1997

Griz golf to host first tournament in Missoula since 1997

Since September 1997, which was the last time the Montana golf team played in a tournament in Missoula, the rest of the Griz programs have competed at home more than 1,000 times in regular-season and postseason events. That trend will come to an end in early September when the Griz golf program hosts the Montana Invitational at the Missoula Country Club. It will be the first home event for the program since the final Montana Fall Classic was held at the Missoula Country Club 16 years ago. Read more

The End of an Era: Rocheleau Hanging up her Whistle

The End of an Era: Rocheleau Hanging up her Whistle

The nation's most experienced women's basketball coaching staff is breaking up. Annette Rocheleau, who has been with longtime Montana coach Robin Selvig as a player or assistant coach for all but 13 of Selvig's 798 career wins, has announced her decision to retire. Rocheleau won't officially retire until Dec. 31, but over the next six months she will be performing other duties for the program while transitioning out of her hands-on coaching role. Read more

Little Griz, Big Dreams: Youngsters Learn from Football Players at Camp

Little Griz, Big Dreams: Youngsters Learn from Football Players at Camp

How many grade schoolers would it take to defeat the University of Montana football team? That answer may never be known, but one thing is certain: UM would have been vastly outnumbered during the fourth and final day of the 17th annual Little Grizzly football camp Thursday at the Sentinel High School football fields. Read more

UM Athletes Lend a Hand at Campus Rec Youth Camps

UM Athletes Lend a Hand at Campus Rec Youth Camps

Campus Recreation’s Youth Camps program is underway at UM and the theme of the first week was football. The kids were surprised one morning with a visit from Griz football players who volunteered their time to teach campers about the sport. It was the highlight of the week for many of the children, with one young participate exclaiming, “it was the best day of my life!” as he walked away with a new excitement about the Griz football program. See photos of the football camp and find updates on the Youth Camps Facebook page.

Women's golf came out on top in the increasingly competitive intra-departmental battle for academic supremacy with a GPA of 3.41

UM Student-Athletes Earn 3.02 GPA for Spring Semester

Montana student-athletes finished the spring with a semester GPA of 3.02. That left the athletic department's cumulative GPA, now at 3.08, above 3.0 for the 16th straight semester. Nine of Montana's 12 programs had semester GPAs of 3.15 or better, and the women’s golf team took top honors with a 3.41, which narrowly topped five other programs that came in at 3.3 or better. Read more

Sports Network Says Washington-Grizzly Stadium Tops in FCS

Sports Network Says Washington-Grizzly Stadium Tops in FCS

Griz football opponents know all about Washington-Grizzly Stadium, and now one national publication does too. The Sports Network has named it the top stadium in the Football Championship Subdivision, praising its atmosphere and Montana’s 174-24 record in the stadium. Read more

UM Looking to Hire First Women's Softball Coach

UM Looking to Hire First Women's Softball Coach

The job announcement for Montana’s first softball coach was recently posted on the UM human resources website. Montana won’t begin playing until the spring of 2015. That date may still sound distant, but it will put the initial coach, who is expected to begin in August, under a compressed timeline. Read more

the 1972 UM track team will be inducted in the Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame

Newest Inductees to Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame Announced

Former University of Montana women's soccer star Courtney (Mathieson) Jenkins and UM's Big Sky Conference champion 1972 men's track team will be inducted into the Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame this fall, UM Athletic Director Kent Haslam announced this week. Read more

Former Griz Applies Hoops Lessons to Academics

Former Griz Applies Hoops Lessons to Academics

When Bryan Ellis graduated from high school, he couldn’t perform division. This summer he’ll receive a doctorate in sociology from Howard University. It’s difficult to appreciate where the former Montana Grizzly basketball player is today without knowing his history. Read more

DOJ Wraps Up Investigation, Praises UM's Progress, President Engstrom

DOJ Wraps Up Investigation, Praises UM's Progress, President Engstrom

Today, the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed the resolution of two investigations into the University of Montana’s handling of allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment, and we announced our collaborative agreements moving forward. Read more

Three UM Football Players Named to Hampshire Honor Society

Three UM Football Players Named to Hampshire Honor Society

The University of Montana's Sam Gratton, Josh Harris, and Peter Nguyen were recently named to the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society. The NFF recognized 703 seniors from across all divisions of college football for academic achievement. To qualify for the team a player must have completed his eligibility with a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or better, and be a starter or key reserve. Read more

UM's new logo

UM Unveils New Brand Initiatives

The University of Montana unveiled its new logo and brand identity to employees April 30 in the University Center Theater during an internal event hosted by UM’s Office of Integrated Communications. “This always has been a great University,” said Mario Schulzke, UM’s assistant vice president for marketing. “We just really needed a fresh storytelling platform to be able to communicate to the public all of the amazing things that are happening here on a daily basis.” Read more

Griz basketball players, young fans shoot hoops

Griz, Lady Griz Basketball Fans Honor Teams at Celebration

The University of Montana basketball fans young and old turned out April 17 to celebrate the teams' Big Sky Conference regular-season and tournament champions during a family-friendly celebration held in Dahlberg Arena. Read more